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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Kat Huey
Monster Sixth Inning Pushes Duke Past NC State
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/18/2018
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Trailing by three heading into the final two innings, the Duke Blue Devils (24-22) reeled off a six-run sixth inning and added one more in the seventh to complete its sixth comeback victory of the season, defeating the NC State Wolfpack (22-22) 7-4 Wednesday in Raleigh.

NC State held the Blue Devils to just one hit entering the sixth inning and looked poised to walk away victorious before Duke launched its rally. After Dominique Salinas was hit by pitch to lead things off, Raine Wilson and Haley Wymbs tallied back-to-back singles to load the bases with no outs. An errant throw to the plate on a grounder to third allowed the Blue Devils to finally break through, as Salinas and Wilson came home to cut State’s lead to 3-2.

After pinch-runner Makenna Lutterloh stole second, a walk to Kortney Dry loaded the bases for the second time in the inning. Amelia Wiercioch grounded a ball to the second baseman, forcing another play at the plate that the Wolfpack could not capitalize on as Wymbs scored to tie things up at 3-3. A Katherine Huey single up the middle would deal the game-winning blow, as her second hit of the day would drive both Lutterloh and Dry home to push the Blue Devils out in front, 5-3.

Salinas would reach for the second time in the inning, drawing a walk in her second appearance. With the bases loaded for a third time, Wilson delivered an infield single that brought Duke sixth and final run of the inning home, making it 6-3 heading to the seventh.

An RBI double from Dry would give Duke an added insurance run in the seventh, making it 7-3. NC State would try to rally in the home half, leading off with a double. Back-to-back groundouts would push the runner to third and eventually home to cut Duke’s lead to 7-4, but Wiercioch capped off her ninth win of the season with a swinging strikeout to seal the victory.

The Wolfpack grabbed the early lead with a three-run first inning, using four hits to jump out in front early. After the shaky start, Huey settled in and kept State scoreless over the next three innings. The Blue Devil starter finished the day throwing 4.0 innings and walking two while allowing three runs on six hits. Wiercioch (9-9) took over in the fifth, tossing 3.0 innings with two strikeouts and allowing just one run on two hits.

Wednesday’s win was just the fourth of the season when the Blue Devils were out-hit, as they had seven to NC State’s eight. Wilson and Huey led the way with two hits each, while Huey topped the team with a pair of runs driven in. Wilson, who has recorded two hits in each of her last four contests, recorded her team-leading 16th multi-hit game. Huey tallied her fourth multi-hit and multi-RBI contest of the year. Wymbs extended her career-best reached base safely streak to seven-straight games with her sixth-inning single.

Duke will travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in its final ACC road series of the inaugural season. The three-game series opens Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m., with Saturday’s contest starting at noon and the series finale Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. All three contests will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.

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Extra Bases…

  • Wednesday was the first official meeting between the Blue Devils and the Wolfpack. The two teams met in Duke’s first competition as a program in the fall on Sept. 30, 2017.
  • The win against NC State was the second in program history against an in-state foe.
  • Duke picked up its second win of the season when trailing after five innings and is now 19-0 when on top after six frames.
  • The Blue Devils improved to 8-1 on the year when scoring six or more runs in a contest.
  • The six runs in the sixth inning are the most in a single inning in program history.
  • Raine Wilson has now recorded multi-hit games in her last four contests and owns a team-leading 16 such contests on the year.
  • Wilson has now hit safely in 25 of her last 31 games and is now 40-for-98 (.408) with 24 RBI, 19 runs, nine doubles, five home runs and a triple during that stretch.
  • Wilson has now hit safely in four-straight games, one from tying her career-high of five straight.
  • Katherine Huey tallied her fourth multi-hit game of the season and her first since going 2-for-3 against No. 23 Kentucky (Feb. 23).
  • Huey also put together her fourth multi-RBI contest of the year with two runs driven in.
  • Huey now has 10 RBI on the season, becoming the fifth Blue Devil to drive in double digit runs this season.
  • With her single in the sixth, Haley Wymbs extended her career-best reached base safely streak to seven-straight games.


On Deck...

Duke will travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in its final ACC road series of the inaugural season. The three-game series opens Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m., with Saturday’s contest starting at noon and the series finale Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. All three contests will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.

Friday, April 20
Duke at Virginia Tech – 7:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra

Blacksburg, Va.
Tech Softball Park


Saturday, April 21
Duke at Virginia Tech – 12:00 p.m. ET
Blacksburg, Va.
Tech Softball Park

Sunday, April 22
Duke at Virginia Tech – 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Blacksburg, Va.
Tech Softball Park

A Year Of Firsts...
The Blue Devils’ inaugural campaign will be filled with a number of statistical firsts as the year goes on. Here is a look at the firsts accomplished by Team One so far.

Game: Feb. 8, 2018 vs. FAU (Game 1)

Win (Team): Feb. 8, 2018 vs. FAU (Game 1), 4-3

Win (Individual): Katherine Huey vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

At-Bat: Jameson Kavel vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Pitch: Amelia Wiercioch vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Baserunner: Jameson Kavel (Walked, 1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Hit: Amelia Wiercioch (Double, 1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Single: Rachel Abboud (3rd Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Double: Amelia Wiercioch (1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Walk: Jameson Kavel (1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Hit By Pitch: Ashleigh Rodriguez (7th Inning) vs. FAU (Game 2), Feb. 8, 2018

Run Scored: Raine Wilson (1st Inning, Amelia Wiercioch 2 RBI Double) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Run Batted In: Amelia Wiercioch (1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Sacrifice Hit: Jazmine Moreno (SAC Bunt, 1st Inning) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Sacrifice Fly: Rachel Abboud (5th Inning) vs. FAU (Game 2), Feb. 8, 2018

Strikeout: Amelia Wiercioch (Strikeout Looking) vs. FAU (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018

Stolen Base: Dominique Salinas (2nd Inning) vs. FAU (Game 2), Feb. 8, 2018

Complete Game: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018

Shutout: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018

Complete Game Shutout: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018

Extra Innings Game: Feb. 10, 2018 vs. Boston University (L, 7-4 [8])

Home Run: Katherine Huey (2-Run, 4th Inning) vs. Penn State, Feb. 16, 2018

Save: Amelia Wiercioch vs. Penn State, Feb. 16, 2018

Comeback Win: Feb. 16, 2018 vs. Penn State (Trailed 5-0 in T3, won 7-5)

Triple: Jameson Kavel (6th Inning) vs. Purdue, Feb. 16, 2018

One-Hitter: Amelia Wiercioch vs. Purdue, Feb. 16, 2018

Double Play Turned: 5-3 (Raine Wilson to Rachel Abboud) vs. Purdue, Feb. 17, 2018

Winning Streak: 5 Games (Feb. 16 vs. Penn State - Feb. 23 vs. Morgan State)

National POTW Honor: Katherine Huey (espnW), Feb. 21, 2018

Extra-Innings Win: March 2, 2018 vs. Yale (W, 4-3 [9])

Grand Slam: Amelia Wiercioch (4th Inning) vs. Lehigh, March 3, 2018

Run-Rule Victory: March 4, 2018 vs. Kent State (W, 8-0 [5])

ACC Contest: March 9, 2018 at North Carolina (L, 2-1 [9])

Multi-Home Run Game: Raine Wilson at North Carolina (Game 1), March 10, 2018

Midweek Contest: March 14, 2018 at Charleston (W, 5-1)

ACC Victory: March 16, 2018 vs. Boston College (W, 4-3)

ACC Victory (Individual): Peyton St. George vs. Boston College, March 16, 2018

Four-Hit Performance: Rachel Abboud vs. Boston College, March 17, 2018 (4-4)

ACC Series Victory: March 16-18, 2018 vs. Boston College

ACC Series Sweep: March 16-18, 2018 vs. Boston College

ACC Road Win: April 1, 2018 at Pitt (2-1)

ACC Double Play Turned: 4-6-3 (K. Dry to J. Kavel to R. Abboud) vs. Georgia Tech, April 6, 2018

ACC Weekend Rubber Match: April 8, 2018 vs. Georgia Tech (L, 5-3)

ACC Road Series Win: April 13-14, 2018 at Notre Dame

Inside-The-Park Home Run: Amelia Wiercioch (3rd Inning) at Notre Dame (Game 2); April 14, 2018

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